Steubenville gets technical, drains John Marshall

POWERING THROUGH — Steubenville’s James Roundtree works his way in the paint around John Marshall’s Devin Norris on Tuesday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

STEUBENVILLE — A technical foul is usually a bad thing, but that proved to not be the case for the Big Red boys basketball team against John Marshall.

Instead, the technical served as motivation for Big Red, as they broke open a close game and pulled away from the Monarchs en route to a 79-54 victory Tuesday night inside the Crimson Center.

“All of a sudden, it was funny. It was something we laughed about, but we ended up getting called for a technical foul, and it caused the kids to get inspired,” Big Red (7-5) head coach Mike Haney said. “They played with a lot more intensity. The game turned like a switch.

“Defensively, our pressure was better. We were able to get out and fast break and got some layups. If we knew that would happen, we would have done it in the first quarter.”

The technical foul call came with Big Red leading 35-31 in the second quarter. Big Red ended the half on a 7-0 spurt, and they never looked back after that.

“We are a third of the way through our season, and we are playing a third of a basketball game,” John Marshall (3-6) head coach Chad Clutter said. “Hopefully, by the end of the season, we are playing 27 or 28 minutes of good basketball. That is our goal. It would be nice if we were able to do that.

“They adjusted their defense. They were able to get turnovers, which led to some easy baskets. That changed the game. They had the momentum.”

The Monarchs led by as many as six points early in the second quarter, but Big Red was able to build a 28-point advantage in the fourth. John Marshall’s last lead came at 30-29.

Big Red had a balanced offensive attack as six players scored at least seven points, and five of the seven reached double digits. Davon Smith scored a team-high 14 points, Josh Zimmerman netted 12 and Kevin Bishop produced 11. Also, James Roundtree and Calvin Bickerstaff each recorded 10, while DaJuan Jones delivered eight. Abe Zane ended up with seven.

“We got 33 points from players off of our bench,” Haney said. “That is great. Also, we had five guys score in double figures. That’s really good.”

Two players scored in double figures for John Marshall. Gunner Thompson tallied a game-high 18 points, while Bryce Yoho collected 16.

“We knew they had two scorers in Thompson, who can play outside and inside, and Yoho, who plays inside,” Haney said. “We tried to slow them down, but it did not work. They were playing well offensively in the first half. They moved the ball well, and they found the open man. We were not getting stops. They made a lot of shots.”

Big Red built a 14-9 lead in the first, but the Monarchs scored the last 10 points of the quarter to take a 19-14 lead into the second.

In the second, John Marshall’s lead grew to six points on a foul shot, but Big Red battled back and took the lead at 27-26 on a basket by Bishop. The teams then traded the lead back and forth before Big Red began to take control shortly before the technical foul call.

Zimmerman beat the buzzer at the end of the quarter to give Big Red a 42-32 lead at halftime.

“That’s the way you play when you have a group of athletes like that,” Clutter said. “It is fun to be on that end of it. They can run faster and jump higher. They play to their strength.

“We tried to slow them down, which is not their strength. We were able to do that for a little while, but we were not able to constantly do that. We were undisciplined. They were able to get turnovers, which led to layups. That was the story.”

Both teams are scheduled to play Friday night at home. John Marshall is slated to play Parkersburg South Friday before taking on Ripley Saturday at home.

Meanwhile, Big Red is scheduled to play against East Liverpool.

“We have been inconsistent,” Haney said. “We play a good game, and then we play a bad game.”

Game notes:

¯ John Marshall won the JV game, 47-44. Clayton Blair collected a team-high 15 points to lead the way for the Monarchs, while Jordan Wallace delivered a game-high 19 points for Big Red.

Big Red 79, John Marshall 54

John Marshall 19-13-8-14 — 54

Big Red 14-28-19-17 — 79

JOHN MARSHALL (3-6): Miller 0 0-0 0; Reid 1 0-0 3; Derrow 1 0-0 3; Yoho 7 2-4 16; Campbell 0 0-0 0; Norris 0 1-2 1; Hall 0 0-0 0; Thompson 9 0-1 18; McLaughlin 1 0-0 3; Frohnapfel 3 1-2 8; Fitzpatrick 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 22, 4-9: 54.

BIG RED (7-5): Jones 4 0-0 8; Davis 0 0-0 0; Biasi 0 0-0 0; Zane 3 0-0 7; Zimmerman 6 0-0 12; Bishop 3 4-4 11; Roundtree 4 2-3 10; Smith 5 2-4 14; Bracone 0 0-0 0; Bickerstaff 4 2-3 10; Rauch 1 3-3 5; Clevenger 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 31, 13-17: 79.

3-POINT GOALS: John Marshall 3 (Reid; Derrow; McLaughlin); Big Red 4 (Smith 2; Zane; Bishop). REBOUNDS: John Marshall 16 (Yoho 4); Big Red 37 (Zimmerman 8). TURNOVERS: John Marshall 7; Big Red 7.